Men’s Mental Health Awareness
June is National Men’s Health Month. Even though we promote mental health awareness for everyone year round, June is a time to bring awareness to the dangers of depression in men and offer local solutions for our community.
Mayo Clinic states that symptoms of depression vary between men and women, so knowing the signs of depression is important when understanding your own mental health and that of your loved ones. When left undiagnosed or untreated, depression can escalate and the symptoms often become worse.
Men can often be reluctant to seek help for mental health struggles due to the stigma that surrounds it. In today’s society, we commonly hear phrases like “man up” or “just snap out of it” when it comes to feeling depressed. This can be very discouraging for men to seek help for depression. Even when seeking help, the options may be limited due to deterring side effects of antidepressants such as erectile dysfunction.
Signs Of Depression In Men
Depression can present itself differently in each individual who experiences it. Some symptoms may be prominent while others do not present themselves or may be mild. Keep an eye out for these common signs of depression in men:
- Feelings of sadness and hopelessness
- Loss of interest
- Substance abuse
- Increased aggression and/or reckless behavior
- Sleep issues
- Physical symptoms like headaches and stomach aches
When you notice that you or a loved one is experiencing depression, it is important to speak up. According to Mayo Clinic, men are more likely to act on suicidal thoughts and die by suicide than women which makes it very important to promptly seek help without judgment.
Seek Help Today
If you or a loved one is battling depression, you don’t have to do it alone. There are resources in the Memphis area that can greatly reduce your symptoms and even lead you into remission. We offer transcranial magnetic stimulation, a non-invasive and drug-free therapy that helps many treatment-resistant depression patients improve their depression.
Our express TMS therapy has a high rate of success and many patients begin to see improvement in as soon as 10 days. Our Brain Body Balance clinic is staffed with compassionate staff who are fully committed to helping you reach the best mental health possible. When you visit us or reach out to us for more information, we are more than happy to discuss TMS with you and answer any questions you may have.